Good News Translation (GNB)
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Jesus is Greater than Moses

31My Christian brothers and sisters, who also have been called by God! Think of Jesus, whom God sent to be the High Priest of the faith we profess. 2

3.2:
Num 12.7
He was faithful to God, who chose him to do this work, just as Moses was faithful in his work in God's house. 3A man who builds a house receives more honour than the house itself. In the same way Jesus is worthy of much greater honour than Moses. 4Every house, of course, is built by someone — and God is the one who has built all things. 5Moses was faithful in God's house as a servant, and he spoke of the things that God would say in the future. 6But Christ is faithful as the Son in charge of God's house. We are his house if we keep up our courage and our confidence in what we hope for.

A Rest for God's People

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3.7–11:
Ps 95.7–11
So then, as the Holy Spirit says:

“If you hear God's voice today,

8do not be stubborn, as your ancestors were when they rebelled against God,

as they were that day in the desert

when they put him to the test.

9There they put me to the test and tried me, says God,

although they had seen what I did for forty years.

10And so I was angry with those people and said,

‘They are always disloyal

and refuse to obey my commands.’

11I was angry and made a solemn promise:

‘They will never enter the land where I would have given them rest!’ ”

12My fellow-believers, be careful that no one among you has a heart so evil and unbelieving as to turn away from the living God. 13Instead, in order that none of you be deceived by sin and become stubborn, you must help one another every day, as long as the word “Today” in the scripture applies to us. 14For we are all partners with Christ if we hold firmly to the end the confidence we had at the beginning.

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3.15:
Ps 95.7–8
This is what the scripture says:

“If you hear God's voice today,

do not be stubborn, as your ancestors were

when they rebelled against God.”

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3.16–18:
Num 14.1–35
Who were the people who heard God's voice and rebelled against him? All those who were led out of Egypt by Moses. 17With whom was God angry for forty years? With the people who sinned, who fell down dead in the desert. 18When God made his solemn promise, “They will never enter the land where I would have given them rest” — of whom was he speaking? Of those who rebelled. 19We see, then, that they were not able to enter the land, because they did not believe.

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41Now, God has offered us the promise that we may receive that rest he spoke about. Let us take care, then, that none of you will be found to have failed to receive that promised rest. 2For we have heard the Good News, just as they did. They heard the message, but it did them no good, because when they heard it, they did not accept it with faith. 3

4.3:
Ps 95.11
We who believe, then, do receive that rest which God promised. It is just as he said:

“I was angry and made a solemn promise:

‘They will never enter the land where I would have given them rest!’ ”

He said this even though his work had been finished from the time he created the world. 4
4.4:
Gen 2.2
For somewhere in the Scriptures this is said about the seventh day: “God rested on the seventh day from all his work.” 5
4.5:
Ps 95.11
This same matter is spoken of again: “They will never enter that land where I would have given them rest.” 6Those who first heard the Good News did not receive that rest, because they did not believe. There are, then, others who are allowed to receive it. 7
4.7:
Ps 95.7–8
This is shown by the fact that God sets another day, which is called “Today”. Many years later he spoke of it through David in the scripture already quoted:

“If you hear God's voice today,

do not be stubborn.”

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4.8:
Deut 31.7
Josh 22.4
If Joshua had given the people the rest that God had promised, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9As it is, however, there still remains for God's people a rest like God's resting on the seventh day. 10
4.10:
Gen 2.2
For those who receive that rest which God promised will rest from their own work, just as God rested from his. 11Let us, then, do our best to receive that rest, so that no one of us will fail as they did because of their lack of faith.

12The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart. 13There is nothing that can be hidden from God; everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes. And it is to him that we must all give an account of ourselves.

Jesus the Great High Priest

14Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God — Jesus, the Son of God. 15Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. 16Let us have confidence, then, and approach God's throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.

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51Every high priest is chosen from his fellow-men and appointed to serve God on their behalf, to offer sacrifices and offerings for sins. 2Since he himself is weak in many ways, he is able to be gentle with those who are ignorant and make mistakes. 3

5.3:
Lev 9.7
And because he is himself weak, he must offer sacrifices not only for the sins of the people but also for his own sins. 4
5.4:
Ex 28.1
No one chooses for himself the honour of being a high priest. It is only by God's call that a man is made a high priest — just as Aaron was.

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5.5:
Ps 2.7
In the same way, Christ did not take upon himself the honour of being a high priest. Instead, God said to him:

“You are my Son;

today I have become your Father.”

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5.6:
Ps 110.4
He also said in another place,

“You will be a priest for ever,

in the priestly order of Melchizedek.”5.6; 5.10 inMelchizedek; or like Melchizedek; or in the line of succession to Melchizedek.

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5.7:
Mt 26.36–46
Mk 14.32–42
Lk 22.39–46
In his life on earth Jesus made his prayers and requests with loud cries and tears to God, who could save him from death. Because he was humble and devoted, God heard him. 8But even though he was God's Son, he learnt through his sufferings to be obedient. 9When he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him, 10and God declared him to be high priest, in the priestly order of Melchizedek.5.10; 5.6 inMelchizedek (see 5.6).

Warning against Abandoning the Faith

11There is much we have to say about this matter, but it is hard to explain to you, because you are so slow to understand. 12

5.12–13:
1 Cor 3.2
There has been enough time for you to be teachers — yet you still need someone to teach you the first lessons of God's message. Instead of eating solid food, you still have to drink milk. 13Anyone who has to drink milk is still a child, without any experience in the matter of right and wrong. 14Solid food, on the other hand, is for adults, who through practice are able to distinguish between good and evil.